Kidnapped at Birth? (Marvin Redpost Series #1)

Kidnapped at Birth? (Marvin Redpost Series #1)

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by Louis Sachar, Neal Hughes
     
 
Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost—he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon! "The story is wonderfully logical and absurd, with a wit and attention to detail rare in an easy reader."—Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. "Fast paced, easy to

Overview

Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost—he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon! "The story is wonderfully logical and absurd, with a wit and attention to detail rare in an easy reader."—Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. "Fast paced, easy to read, and full of humor."—School Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This First Stepping Stone book (see preceding review) heralds the series debut of nine-year-old Marvin Redpost. He is convinced he is Prince Robert, the King of Shampoon's long-lost son currently being sought in a much-publicized campaign. First, Marvin is the only person in his family with red hair and blue eyes. Next, Marvin's teacher says that because he is left-handed he must have royal blood. And finally, Marvin does not remind his grandmother of anyone else in the family. All of this assures Marvin that he must have been kidnapped at birth and accidentally given to Mr. and Mrs. Redpost. Though the story line is frivolous, lively dialogue and Marvin's endless imagination command steady attention. Characterization, however scanty, is at least true to life, and the unresolved ending leaves readers something to think about. The rigid black-and-white illustrations, on the other hand, add little. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"The story is wonderfully logical and absurd, with a wit and attention to detail rare in an easy reader."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. "Fast paced, easy to read, and full of humor."--School Library Journal.  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375806018
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Marvin Redpost Series , #1
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Louis Sachar does not have red hair or royal blood. However, he is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Holes, as well as Small Steps, The Cardturner, Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, Fuzzy Mud, and the rest of the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Visit him at louissachar.com.

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